Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens

Muskham Road, Harlow CM20 2LF

Tel 01279 454959



Summer Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm

Winter Opening Hours (From Jan 29th): Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday, Monday & Wednesday, (Thursday in Winter) : CLOSED


Enjoy a delightful day out for the family

Harlow Museum is an oasis of tranquility, a research centre, a family day out and much more besides. Come and discover one of the best kept secrets in Essex!

A family friendly Museum, beautiful & historic Walled Gardens, Teas and coffees and a charming shop

Harlow Museum is a great place to spend a contented and enjoyable morning or afternoon – you can always bring a picnic to enjoy in the superb 16th Century Walled Gardens.  Our team of volunteers led by Captain Bob do a fantastic job of caring for and developing the three main gardens and many rare and unusual species can be found here. To round off your visit, we offer simple refreshments in our Corner Cafe at excellent prices. Our Museum Shop includes many interesting collectables and we always have special offers on our bookstand..

For children, there is always something to do at Harlow Museum: Our Time Detectives workshops on Saturdays are great fun and our yh group (Your History/Young Historians) offers special opportunities to explore history for the next generation of archeologists and researchers! We have a number of child-friendly Trails to help the family explore and enjoy…

Last admission at 3:30 pm- 30 mins before closing. We strongly recommend phoning to check as we sometimes have staff training and close a little earlier!! 

Admission: £2 adult, £1.50 child (Under 4s Free) – all admission fees and donations help us to maintain and manage the Museum

Getting there….See location of The Museum of Harlow on Google maps.See location on Google maps.
By Car (free parking)

From M11 (J7) and M25 (J27, six miles South) take A414 towards Harlow.

  1. Turn left at third roundabout onto First Avenue.
  2. Take the 2nd right off First Avenue into Muskham Road.
  3. Car parking is at the rear of the Museum (Disabled Parking available at the front entrance)

From A10, take A414 towards Harlow.

  1. From the River Stort bridge entrance, you arrive at the Station roundabout.
  2. Take 3rd exit and turn left at next roundabout onto First Avenue.
  3. Muskham Road is the last turning on the left before the A414.
By Public Transport:

By Bus: For local bus timetable information call 0871 200 22 33 or see www.harlowride.co.uk. Buses from station to town centre: 2, 3 and 10.Change at town centre for buses: 7, 8, 59, 510, 500 and 501 (to Old Harlow) 333 and 505.

By Train: Harlow Station (Liverpool Street 40 minutes) is 1 mile to the North. For timetables, please visit National Rail website: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/hwn/details.html Cycling:  For Harlow Cycle routes, please download the Harlow Cycle Route Map from Harlow Council’s website here: http://www.harlow.gov.uk/pdf/cycle-routes.pdf  Cycle racks available.

Facilities and Accessibility

Wheelchair users: Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens are both suitable for visitors in wheel chairs and we have disabled rest room facilities. Please note that some pathways in the Gardens are shingle surfaced. Carers: If you have a carer to help you there is no admission charge for them. Assistance dogs: Assistance dogs are welcome, but otherwise please note that we do not allow other dogs. Parking: We have free parking and disabled parking available on request in the Courtyard Refeshments: At Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens, we offer light refreshments in our very own ‘Corner Cafe”. Visitors are welcome to bring a packed lunch or snack, to eat in the Courtyard or Walled Gardens (in good weather!)

Gardens rear view

A historic location

The Museum is located in the former Mark Hall stables, linked with the Mark Hall Manor House – which had many distinguished occupants, dating back to the Norman Conquest.

The great house was visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth 1 and her retinue. It is surrounded by the beautiful Walled Gardens which were originally the kitchen gardens for Mark Hall and the famous families which lived there. We have a short history of Mark Hall estate and many other local history publications available for visitors.


Our four main Galleries tell the story of Harlow over four periods: from recent times and the story of how modern Harlow was designed and built, through the Victorians, Stuart and Tudor times, reaching back through the middle ages to the remarkable Roman finds in the local area. Our new Living History Gallery shows how we explore and explain history through archeology, conservation work, displays and exhibitions. Gallery 5 is used for temporary exhibitions.

DSCN3881The Knotted Garden

Lectures and talks, research and reference library

Harlow Museum hosts a varied programme of talks and lectures for history enthusiasts: ask for further details. The Museum’s Heritage Centre provides a quiet study room, archive materials and newspaper records, together with free internet access and services provided in partnership with the Essex Record Office, such as online access to parish records. Our staff are happy to assist with research enquiries, using our extensive collection of records. And if we don’t know the answer, we probably know someone who will!

 Memory Lane….

Click here to look at a delightful clip of Harlow memories on film on YouTube – with thanks to Susan Crawford for pointing it out to us….

Photos of Harlow Old and New

This amazing and extensive Facebook group of local people has compiled a wonderful collection of images from around Harlow and is really worth a visit. Click here to visit and enjoy the nostalgia!